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You Are My Friend: The Story of Mister Rogers and His Neighborhood

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  431 ratings  ·  90 reviews
A heartwarming picture book that celebrates the work of Mister Rogers and carries on his legacy of kindness
Mister Rogers is one of the most beloved television personalities, but before he was the man who brought us Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, he was just little Freddie Rogers. Though he was often sick and had trouble making friends as a child, his mom and grandfather e
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published August 6th 2019 by Harry N. Abrams
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Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: prek-books, favorites
What a lovely book. I almost cried a few times, but not because it was sad (although a couple times it was sad), but because those moments were precious and I felt "the feels". Fred Rogers was an amazing human and I loved reading this book. I learned more about him, especially with the biography at the end which I highly enjoyed, and I love his philosophy of kindness and learning to share your feelings through music, puppets, whatever it may be in a nonviolent way. The illustrations are wonderfu ...more
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
A simple but engaging biography on Fred Rogers of Mr. Rogers fame.
Stacy Renee  (LazyDayLit)
Fans of Fred Rogers will enjoy this picture book biography of the boy who would grow up and create the beloved children's television show, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.

Starting in his younger years of playing with puppets and learning the piano, this picture book gives us glimpses into Fred Rogers' life and how he came to be the incredible man he was.

Having been bullied as a child, Fred found a positive way to express himself and his feelings; through music. He also had people in his life that a
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Mister Rogers himself would have liked this book, I think. So you should probably read it. We should all act the way Mister Rogers said we should.
First sentence: In the springtime, when everything was growing and green, Freddie Rogers had to stay inside.

Premise/plot: You Are My Friend by Aimee Reid is a picture book biography of Mr. Fred Rogers.

My thoughts: I have long wanted a picture book biography of Mr. Rogers. For years I have talked about the need for one. My expectations were super high since I love, love, love Mr. Rogers so very much. I thought the text of this one was good, very good. I loved some of the details it included abou
Alice Ball
This is a book I'll likely buy - it's just the sort of thing to read again and again. Mr. Rogers was a hero who helped build the emotional intelligence of a generation, and whose work continues to shine forward into the future.
The Library Lady
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-nonfiction
I don't know if this truly deserves a 5, but damnit, we could really use Fred Rogers right now. And like him, this biography is sweet and loving without being saccharine. Charming art, where, like his adult self, young "Freddie" is almost always in a sweater, and I especially love the picture of him playing the piano, eyes closed. It really has the FEEL of Fred Rogers.
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a heart-warming book. I absolutely loved Mister Rogers growing up and it's nice to see him honored here. An inspiration indeed. Will we ever stop learning from Fred Rogers? I hope not!
Sep 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Mister Rogers was my absolute favorite as a child. This book padi great homage to him, but the writing felt a bit flat. The art however lifted the story and gave you all of the emotions you should feel when reading about Mister Rogers and his neighborhood.

3.5 stars
Katie Fitzgerald
This is a disappointing attempt to convey Fred Rogers's life story to kids. Though it's not a biography, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: The Poetry of Mister Rogers does a better job of capturing this wonderful man's spirit. ...more
Elaine Fultz
Excellent pb bio of Mr Rogers. Phelan's artwork isn't a showstopper here, but it is perfectly quiet and appropriate for the subject and the message. What a guy. We're all so lucky to have had him as our neighbor, even as we sat miles and miles away from Pittsburgh.
Cathy Ogren
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a heartwarming and inspiring story depicting the challenges Fred Rogers had as a young boy. Fred’s grandfather told him he was special and liked him just the way he was. Those words sank deep inside Fred. As an adult, keeping those words in mind, Fred created a successful television show – Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood – that taught empathy and appreciation for one another's abilities.
Jennifer Smyth
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a wonderful tribute to an extraordinary man. It is well written and the illustrations are beautiful!
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”

― Fred Rogers
The pace, the tone, and the illustrations are like Mister Rogers himself--direct and simple. Wonderful book about the man who was honest enough to look us in the eye and say, "I like you just the way you are."
Baby Bookworm
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hello, friends! Our book today is You Are My Friend: The Story of Mister Rogers and His Neighborhood, written by Aimee Reid and illustrated by Matt Phelan, a beautiful appreciation of the one and only Fred Rogers.

As a little boy, Freddie was often sick. He had to stay inside, away from the other kids, and it left him lonely and withdrawn. Wishing for someone to talk to, Freddie played with puppets, whom he felt safe expressing his feelings to. As he grows – and is bullied by other children for h
Pamela Hatch
You are my friend, you are special
You are my friend, you're special to me
There's only one in this wonderful world
You Are Special....

I don't remember watching much of Mister Rogers, because back then we weren't allowed to watch much TV. But I did have three of his records which I listened to all of the time, knew them by heart, and still have them ringing through my head every once in a while.

So when I saw this storybook biography of the young Fred in a red sweater...I knew I need to read it.

Sandy Brehl
With gentle, minimal text and images, the well-known adult Fred Rogers comes to life on the page first as a sickly, timid, lonely little boy. Everyday experiences reveal his gradually developed ability to entertain himself with imagination (and puppets), to listen intently to those he trusted, and to absorb and apply their wise words in his own life.
He finally developed the confidence to consider running along a stone wall. When he dared to ask permission, the gathered adults told him no. But G
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Celebrate the life of the person who became Mister Rogers, a beloved children’s television creator. As a child, Freddie was often sick and filled his days with puppets. He found it hard to make friends and was bullied sometimes. Freddie found that piano was a way he could express his feelings. His mother also told him to look for people around who were helpers, which made him feel safe and supported. His grandfather allowed Freddie to take risks as a child and know that he was adored. When Fred ...more
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021-beehive
4.25 Stars I liked the illustrations and story.
I liked Mister Rogers as a kid, but compared to Sesame Street, Mister Rogers was lame.
I thought the shiny faced puppets were creepy, Lady Elaine Fairchilde Creepy!

But, I like when Mr McFeely took us to the original "How it's made" I saw violins and all kinds of cool things being made! I liked the Trolley too!

As an adult I have much more admiration and appreciation for Mr. Rogers. He was amazing!
There will never be another Mr Fred Rogers!!! He t
This is the perfect time for this book, between the "Won't you be my neighbor?" 2018 documentary and the 2019 Tom Hanks "A beautiful day in the neighborhood" movie. The illustrations are soft (pencil and watercolor). It is a nice background into Freddie's childhood. You meet his grandfather McFeeley as well as his neighbor Mama Bell Frampton. Even children and adults who dont know Mister Roger's or Daniel Tiger can learn and fall in love with him from this book. From relating to his experiences ...more
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Aimee Reid's deliberate simple prose reflects that used by Fred Rogers in his wonderful children's program and brings a clear sense of Rogers, his childhood, and his ground-breaking work. Matt Phelan does a glorious job of matching that with his lovely evocative illustrations focused on the red-sweatered Rogers.

Author and Illustrator Notes, and additional biographical information and bibliography round out the excellent back matter.

On a personal note here, I raised my two sons in the late 70's -
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
Childrens picture book biography. This is the story of Fred Rogers, of Mr. Rogers fame. I did not watch Mr. Rogers as a kid but am currently watching a lot of Daniel Tiger with my toddler, which is kind of a spinoff. Fred was a child that was often sick, which led to him spending a lot of time alone and also tobeing bullied. To cope with his feelings, he turned to puppets and playing the piano. He also listened to his mother's advice to "look for the people who are helping". He had a close relat ...more
Flossmoor Public Library (IL)
Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
5 stars

This picture book biography of everyone’s most beloved neighbor, Fred Rogers, introduces him to a new generation of children. Aimee Reid, the author, provides a glimpse into “Freddie’s” childhood, which was the foundation for his wildly successful children’s TV show, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. The message that all children are special just the way they are is in this book just as it was in the show. I loved Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood growing up (my favorite episode is the one where he
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2019
Our children grew up with Mr Rogers in the 80's. This gentle story about this gentle man made me all weepy. I feel so lucky that my boys were raised in an age/era that allowed Mr. Rogers to be the wonderful friend of so many lucky, lucky children. You Are My Friend: The Story of Mister Rogers and His Neighborhood is a testament to that. It's sad that young children today aren't exposed to his gentle honesty and integrity, in an era when they need it most.

We lived in Pittsburgh for a while, befor
Wouldn't the whole world be a kinder, friendlier, more gentle place if we all followed the advice of Mister Rogers? This picture book pays tribute to the kind-hearted television personality and offers details about his formative years, his career, and his philosophy on life. The softly-colored pencil and watercolor illustrations lend a romantic, sentimental look to the book's pages, and readers will come away missing Mister Rogers and longing for that (possibly) kinder time. To flesh out his sto ...more
I grew up watching Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood and was mesmerized by the adventures in the Land of Make Believe. I love that there seems to be so many books and films being made celebrating the life of the man who believed that everyone is special. The lovely illustrations and straightforward, readable text will make this a great nonfiction biography resource to have on the shelf. With a more detailed biographical note and author's note, this also would be a good starting point for further research ...more
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A sweet story of how Mr. Rogers grew up into the special neighbor I grew up with. This gentle, beautiful picture book shows a little boy learning to deal with all sorts of feelings and how he took those lessons with him into adulthood and shared them with generations of children on TV. The last few pages of the book include touching author and illustrator notes and a bibliography of other books about Mr. Rogers. Reading this made me smile and made me even more excited for the Tom Hanks movie tha ...more
Kris Dersch
This is really lovely. I like the simple watercolor illustrations, they suit the mood although they don't provide a ton of detail on their own, and the text is simple but doesn't talk down to its reader. The whole thing does a nice job of paying homage to the show it is celebrating.
I'm marking it as both based on a true story and picture book biography because the back matter has a disclaimer that it is a work of fiction although I would classify it as nonfiction and it seems to be researched a
Lauren Watson
Sep 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
I really liked this book! I love Mr. Rogers and have just watched the movie recently. I think this is a good book about his past which I did not know a lot about. I think this book gives a good background of why Mr. Rogers was the man he was. This book shows that even though you maybe lonely or not have many friends but you can find a way to express yourself and that you have to find things in the world that you enjoy. Even though he didn't have friends his age he still found them and knew that ...more
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Well that made me weepy. Adults who already know and love Mister Rogers will learn a few new things about little Freddie and appreciate how he came to be THE Mister Rogers. I'm not sure how much kids will care? Which kind of kills me. But I think it will still circ well due to parents supporting it and looking for books focusing on kindness.
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